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07 February 2018

Snowy and frosty deer images needed for the annual BDS calendar

Especially for the wintry months of December, January and February. So get out there with your camera and take some photos! Images please in landscape rather than portrait.
Please send them to or mail

06 February 2018

BDS Internet Auction 2018 - request for lot donations

Every year the BDS runs an Internet Auction to raise funds for our scientific study and research into improving deer welfare, our education programmes and campaigns. We now need lots for the 2018 auction starting on 18th May. Thank you to all those who have already provided lots.

Can you donate a lot?
Most lots are donated by our generous supporters linked with the rural community, its pastimes and industries and so reflect these interests. Items range from countryside clothing, equipment and photography to fishing, stalking, sailing and ferreting. Fine dining, pub food, holiday lets, spa treatments, paintings, books and food also prove extremely popular!

We are really grateful to everyone who supports us.

If you would like to donate a lot please either call Helen on 01425 655434 option 3, or pdf download and complete the Lot Donation form. (52 KB)

06 February 2018

BDS AGM - Draft agenda available

The two-day BDS Society AGM & Conference will take place in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Zoo and the Holiday Inn, Corstorphine on 18th and 19th May 2018.

A draft agenda is now available.

pdf Further information (502 KB) and   pdf Booking form (143 KB)

06 February 2018

UDD Online to the rescue!

Need to fast track your revision progress before taking a DSC1 assessment? Short on time?

Access to online training at a time to suit you just couldn’t be easier
• Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) has the information for all 5 assessments
• 19 interactive quizzes and 5 deer ID tests can be repeated until you are answering correctly and with confidence.

UDD is also a brilliant resource for anyone needing to increase their knowledge of British deer and their management.

04 February 2018

Come and see us at the British Shooting Show - NEC Birmingham, 16-18 Feb 2018

The British Deer Society will be attending the British Shooting Show on 16-18 February on the Edgar Brothers stand B7.

Please come and say hello, we look forward to seeing you there.

04 February 2018

Stalker training opportunities for BDS members

As we enter the last two months of the doe season there are still lots of stalking opportunities available with BDS:

1. Training and Mentoring Scheme within Swinley Forest, Windsor

One-to-one individual training in all aspects of stalking and shooting deer, gralloching, transportation and larder operations.

 2. Opportunity to stalk Scottish woodland roe deer at Altyre Estate in Moray

Accompanied stalks for cull roebucks and does with the estate stalker (Approved Witness), primarily aimed at those wishing to undertake DSC2 training and/or assessment.

29 January 2018

BASC warns members to beware of out of date firearms information

Despite new firearm and shotgun certificate application forms coming into effect on 31st December, five forces across the UK are still displaying the old forms on their website.

Read more and download the correct form

29 January 2018

Are you receiving your BDS Deer Journal

The Winter edition of the Deer Journal was issued last week, and was posted to all of our members. If you are a member and have not received this then please contact the Membership Secretary, Annie, on 01425 655434 option 2, or

It could be that we don’t have your correct address, or maybe your membership has lapsed.

New email address? Similarly, if your email address has changed recently please contact Annie so that she can update our database.